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Malaysia considers panel to monitor the Internet

by ivy on May 29th, 2001 KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Malaysia, which practices tight media controls but has promised not to censor the Internet, is considering setting up a panel to "coordinate and supervise" use of the Worldwide Web, an official said on Tuesday.

The National Internet Advisory Committee would act as the highest authority for drawing up policies and laws and monitoring use of the Internet, said Chia Kwang Chye, parliamentary secretary for the Energy, Communications and Multimedia Ministry.

While the government was committed to not censoring the Internet, users should not post "slanderous, lies or unsightly items," Chia was quoted saying by the official Bernama news agency in an address to Senate, the upper house of parliament.

Malaysia has generally allowed the Internet to operate freely although officials have said there was a need to curb pornography and "rumor-mongering" on the Web by anti-government elements.

The government keeps a tight rein on newspapers, television and radio stations, as well as magazines and other media by ensuring they publish or broadcast with permits, which can be suspended or revoked anytime if they carry undesirable reports or photographs.

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